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Let’s begin today with a pleasant reminder: over just nine games last year, Percy Harvin accumulated 773 total yards. That’s 677 yards through the air and an extra 96 on the ground, which adds up to 85.8 yards per game. Toss in his two touchdowns, and that ends in 91 total fake football points, a pace of just over 10 weekly from a wide receiver whose quarterback was named Christian Ponder.

So yes, you need to get jacked about the return of Percy Harvin to your life, especially since it could happen Monday.

After he returned to practice earlier this week there’s continually been bubbling optimism that Harvin will make his season debut Monday night against the Rams. Multiple reports — including the latest from PFT last night — are pushing Harvin’s percentages of making that primetime debut upwards.

For his part, Harvin said at this point following his rehab form hip surgery it’s just a matter of getting back to a level where he can properly handle the abuse of an NFL game before subjecting his body to that weekly decay again.

“For me, it’s just conditioning and just getting back out here getting the reps with the guys,” Harvin said.  ”I’m familiar with the offense, my condition is pretty good, and weight lifting and everything is good.  So just getting the repetition and being back out there with the guys and just getting back in the flow.”

Oh, this quote was fun too: “I’m going to take my time with it, but when it’s time to explode I will.”

Harvin is and will continue to be one of the league’s most dangerous players in space, and soon we’ll finally see how the hell defenses will handle a read-option offense which could consist of him, Russell Wilson, and Marshawn Lynch in the backfield at the same time.

Early in training camp it seemed like Harvin’s fantasy impact would barely exist this season, and he’d maybe return just in time for the playoffs. Now he could be back at the midway point, ready to raise the already quite high and consistent production of Wilson (59 fantasy points over his last three games).

So surely Harvin isn’t truly, really, honestly still available in 69 percent of ESPN leagues, even after most waiver claims cleared this morning? That’s not real, right?

More notes, stray thoughts, and other such randomness

Reality is still >>>>> than fantasy

There are three things I get a lot of enjoyment from that make this job pretty easy: football, fantasy football, and the Internet. Yes, I’d say those three things are quite central to what we do around here.

But for some, when they mix the results show just how mentally derailed a human can be, as they’re so unhinged that threatening a player’s life is deemed to be just a really funny joke because, hey man, it’s just Twitter. The worst.

Sort of like this guy.

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That’s an individual who’s filled with a special kind of delusion, and it led him to some keyboard screaming at Giants running back Brandon Jacobs because he really, really needed a win this week in a fantasy football league that cost him $20. Life and death, brother.

Dez Bryant thinks he can do Calvin Johnson things

Calvin Johnson is the best wide receiver in the league. That’s a readily acknowledged fact, especially following his 1,964-yard season in 2012. But although it’s there somewhere, athletically it’ll be hard to find a wide gap between Johnson and Dez Bryant when they’re on the same field this Sunday.

Bryant agrees:

“I believe I can do whatever he can do. I think it’s just a pride thing. When it comes to football, just being on the field, it’s a mindset and having a mentality. I honestly believe when I’m there, I’ll be feeling like there’s nothing I can’t do. Whatever the coaches ask me to do, I’m going to do it. I always feel like there’s more. I think that’s just a mindset you’re supposed to have.”

Oooooooh…snap?

“Truth be told, I don’t compare myself to nobody. I think Calvin’s the best at what he [does]. I think I’m the best at what I do.”

C’mon, Dez. Do you really think you’re the greatest of all time and Johnson is an inferior being? Because all the bulletin boards everywhere would look much better with the quote. In future, please provide us with more clarity while giving men on televisions things to scream about. Thanks.

Must we put “gate” on everything?

It’s now Wednesday morning, and the fact that we’re still discussing “PushGate” (*shudders, locks self in hole*) several days later shows how much conversation and questioning it’s rightfully generated. Usually the warp speed of an NFL season doesn’t allow a thought to linger for more than eight minutes.

As Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar noted in his definitive history of the push rule, the Patriots weren’t at all the only team trying to give field-goal blockers an extra little shove. But they were two other things: the latest team, and a team daring enough to try it once more after the league had sent out a video to officials reminding them of the rule change that prohibits a player from pushing a teammate into the opposing defensive line during a punt or field goal attempt.

Here’s grainy still image evidence of a Week 5 incident which prompted the distribution of that video:

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Notice how none of those players are wearing Patriots jerseys.

The above play was rather important, as it came on an attempt to tie the game. When the Dolphins saw the uncalled violation they turned the tape into the league, and were told it would be a point of emphasis going forward.

The resulting call this past Sunday wasn’t some kind of Patriots conspiracy, and as much as your narrative so desperately needs its tuck rule angle, I’m reasonably confident officials didn’t care at all even a little bit about that. No, what we saw Sunday was the culmination of the rules enforcement hot dog making process.

Some extra depression for Colts fans and Trent Richardson fantasy owners

Pictured: why Trent Richardson is averaging 3.1 yards per carry…

Good news?

When reports first started surfacing Monday, the assumption was that Doug Martin’s season is over due to a torn labrum. But now nearly two days later the Bucs still haven’t confirmed that, and Martin is already saying that his conditioned has improved:

“It’s definitely gotten better. And my range of motion has increased day to day.’’

Martin also said the injury isn’t of the season-ending variety. So…hope?

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